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Finally! MGM sets start date and November, 2012 release for Bond 23

01.11.2011

Just when you thought it might never happen, MGM announced today that director Sam Mendes will begin filming later this year on BOND 23 for a November 9, 2012 release date. There were rumors in early December that the latest James Bond film was mobilizing and nearing a deal to get started but there have been plenty of rumors about the James Bond franchise that never panned out.

As previously reported, the script for the film was written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan and is being kept under tight lock and key. Not much about the film is known at all, except know we know that there will be a film after all.

One of the things still left up in the air is whether MGM will still be around to distribute the films. While Sony Pictures worked on both CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, their deal ended and BOND 23 may be looking for a new distributor. Sony would make the most obvious choice but Warner Bros. and Paramount (who has a relationship with Spyglass, who's financing the film) could jump in and make negotiations interesting.

It's going to be a very Daniel Craig 2011 with COWBOYS & ALIENS, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and DREAM HOUSE all scheduled for release next year. The BOND 23 filming schedule takes into account all the filming and promotional obligations Craig has in the year ahead.

So now can we immediately begin speculating on who the next Bond girl will be?

Source: JoBlo.com

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3:54PM on 01/13/2011

shaken not stirred

BOND!BACK!2012! i may or may not have wet my pants just now
BOND!BACK!2012! i may or may not have wet my pants just now
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1:18PM on 01/13/2011

Thank you so much for set up MGM

I'm really so excited because i'm huge of fan for this and Also I hope new bonds ladies for Daniel Craig...i like actresses Carla Gugino and Kate Beckinsale because i know they can act like so bomb! " Spy Kid" and " Underworld". Kate B. = Bond good girl
Carla G. = Bond bad girl that what i though in my mind. I hope so!
I'm really so excited because i'm huge of fan for this and Also I hope new bonds ladies for Daniel Craig...i like actresses Carla Gugino and Kate Beckinsale because i know they can act like so bomb! " Spy Kid" and " Underworld". Kate B. = Bond good girl
Carla G. = Bond bad girl that what i though in my mind. I hope so!
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2:53PM on 01/12/2011
I think the time is right. I finally got the taste of Quantem out of my mouth. Now just make sure the script is flawless you sons of bitches.
I think the time is right. I finally got the taste of Quantem out of my mouth. Now just make sure the script is flawless you sons of bitches.
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1:32PM on 01/12/2011

I love the new Bond, but I miss the old Bond as well...

...as a child, I was raised on all the Bond films...I loved the silly gadgets, the cheesy one liners, and the ridiculous bond girl names(Pussy Galore, hehe)..Bond was the embodiment of what I thought a spy should be...handsome, funny, good with the ladies, have tons of cool gadgets, and travel to exotic places stopping madmen who wanted to destroy the world...I understand what is being done with the bond franchise, I do, and I think it's great, but I guess the child in me misses the old Bond...
...as a child, I was raised on all the Bond films...I loved the silly gadgets, the cheesy one liners, and the ridiculous bond girl names(Pussy Galore, hehe)..Bond was the embodiment of what I thought a spy should be...handsome, funny, good with the ladies, have tons of cool gadgets, and travel to exotic places stopping madmen who wanted to destroy the world...I understand what is being done with the bond franchise, I do, and I think it's great, but I guess the child in me misses the old Bond...
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10:00AM on 01/12/2011
Finally!!! I really don't care who puts the money in it as long as it's made. Extra tidbit- Dalton was one of the worst Bonds- dryer that the martinis
Finally!!! I really don't care who puts the money in it as long as it's made. Extra tidbit- Dalton was one of the worst Bonds- dryer that the martinis
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9:09AM on 01/12/2011
Welcome back, Mr. Bond. As for extra tidbit, Olivia Wilde, please.
Welcome back, Mr. Bond. As for extra tidbit, Olivia Wilde, please.
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8:57AM on 01/12/2011

Awesome!

I was afraid Craig's run as Bond was going to be cut short the way Timothy Dalton's was. I'm glad MGM finally got their shit together and got this movie back on track. I also agree with the people who say let's keep Q and the silly gadgets out of the Craig Bond films.
I was afraid Craig's run as Bond was going to be cut short the way Timothy Dalton's was. I'm glad MGM finally got their shit together and got this movie back on track. I also agree with the people who say let's keep Q and the silly gadgets out of the Craig Bond films.
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8:15AM on 01/12/2011
as mentioned below, i agree that introducing moneypenny would be great and yes, emily blunt would be perfect.

on the other hand i hope they stay away from Q and crazy gadgets. that was in the past, i think these new films should be more real, as we've seen. he can have spy stuff, but with a Q it would inevitably become sci-fi stuff and invisible cars. hope not!
as mentioned below, i agree that introducing moneypenny would be great and yes, emily blunt would be perfect.

on the other hand i hope they stay away from Q and crazy gadgets. that was in the past, i think these new films should be more real, as we've seen. he can have spy stuff, but with a Q it would inevitably become sci-fi stuff and invisible cars. hope not!
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2:15AM on 01/12/2011
holy crap Sam Mendes is directing this? I'm in.
holy crap Sam Mendes is directing this? I'm in.
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12:46AM on 01/12/2011
Nothing much to say except that this is great news.

Craig needs another great Bond film under his belt and I'm sure Sam Mendes is just the man to deliver the emotional gravitas that was lacking in QOS.

The important thing now is to find a great villain. Perhaps my namesake would be interested. Or Cillian Murphy, Ralph Fiennes, Mark Strong, etc. So many great villains. Or maybe, throw a curve ball and get someone like Colin Firth whom no one would suspect as the villain.

I don't know.
Nothing much to say except that this is great news.

Craig needs another great Bond film under his belt and I'm sure Sam Mendes is just the man to deliver the emotional gravitas that was lacking in QOS.

The important thing now is to find a great villain. Perhaps my namesake would be interested. Or Cillian Murphy, Ralph Fiennes, Mark Strong, etc. So many great villains. Or maybe, throw a curve ball and get someone like Colin Firth whom no one would suspect as the villain.

I don't know. I'm rambling now. Either way, great that the film is getting started now.
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12:27AM on 01/12/2011
I'm just really hoping for a return to classic Bond form with this one Casino Royale wasn't great but Quantum was not very good at all. I'd really like to see a nice classic Dr. No style Bond obviously considering that's my favorite Bond movie and of course my vote for Bond girl must go to either Christina Hendricks or Anne Hathaway maybe both!
I'm just really hoping for a return to classic Bond form with this one Casino Royale wasn't great but Quantum was not very good at all. I'd really like to see a nice classic Dr. No style Bond obviously considering that's my favorite Bond movie and of course my vote for Bond girl must go to either Christina Hendricks or Anne Hathaway maybe both!
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9:00AM on 01/12/2011
Thanks for the triple post there, guy. As if we needed to read your ramblings three times. And for the record, "Casino Royale" was fucking awesome.
Thanks for the triple post there, guy. As if we needed to read your ramblings three times. And for the record, "Casino Royale" was fucking awesome.
12:27AM on 01/12/2011
I'm just really hoping for a return to classic Bond form with this one Casino Royale wasn't great but Quantum was not very good at all. I'd really like to see a nice classic Dr. No style Bond obviously considering that's my favorite Bond movie and of course my vote for Bond girl must go to either Christina Hendricks or Anne Hathaway maybe both!
I'm just really hoping for a return to classic Bond form with this one Casino Royale wasn't great but Quantum was not very good at all. I'd really like to see a nice classic Dr. No style Bond obviously considering that's my favorite Bond movie and of course my vote for Bond girl must go to either Christina Hendricks or Anne Hathaway maybe both!
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12:25AM on 01/12/2011
I'm just really hoping for a return to classic Bond form with this one Casino Royale wasn't great but Quantum was not very good at all. I'd really like to see a nice classic Dr. No style Bond obviously considering that's my favorite Bond movie and of course my vote for Bond girl must go to either Christina Hendricks or Anne Hathaway maybe both!
I'm just really hoping for a return to classic Bond form with this one Casino Royale wasn't great but Quantum was not very good at all. I'd really like to see a nice classic Dr. No style Bond obviously considering that's my favorite Bond movie and of course my vote for Bond girl must go to either Christina Hendricks or Anne Hathaway maybe both!
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12:13AM on 01/12/2011
Hell yeah! Now I just hope it'll be great!
Hell yeah! Now I just hope it'll be great!
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12:10AM on 01/12/2011
Finally!!! I also hope we can finally get some Q and some nifty gadgets to go with him :D
Finally!!! I also hope we can finally get some Q and some nifty gadgets to go with him :D
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11:27PM on 01/11/2011
Already going in the wrong direction. Casino Royale was A+, Quantum of Solace was C-, and now the 3rd Craig Bond is off to a horrid start. I'm looking forward to the next Martin Campbell reboot in 5 years.
Already going in the wrong direction. Casino Royale was A+, Quantum of Solace was C-, and now the 3rd Craig Bond is off to a horrid start. I'm looking forward to the next Martin Campbell reboot in 5 years.
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9:25PM on 01/11/2011
I'm all for it, as long as they don't pull the damn plug again. With Mendes directing, this proves to be quite interesting.
I'm all for it, as long as they don't pull the damn plug again. With Mendes directing, this proves to be quite interesting.
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9:04PM on 01/11/2011

Rock on--

I was really hoping that this would get back on track-- good to hear that game's on:) The new Bond is a solid project and I wanted to, at least, get a trilogy out of it... more would be better:) Cant wait!
I was really hoping that this would get back on track-- good to hear that game's on:) The new Bond is a solid project and I wanted to, at least, get a trilogy out of it... more would be better:) Cant wait!
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8:49PM on 01/11/2011
This is great to hear. Really glad. Though I wonder how good an action director Mendes is (if anyone thinks he's showing up Campbell's work, btw ... no).
This is great to hear. Really glad. Though I wonder how good an action director Mendes is (if anyone thinks he's showing up Campbell's work, btw ... no).
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8:39PM on 01/11/2011
Hope this is more Casino Royale than Die Another Day....
Hope this is more Casino Royale than Die Another Day....
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7:59PM on 01/11/2011

Great news!

I won't lie, I was hoping the studio would take advantage of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No.
I won't lie, I was hoping the studio would take advantage of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No.
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7:55PM on 01/11/2011
Great news. Don't be afraid to introduce Q and a few cool gadgets this time. And I think Emily Blunt would be the perfect Moneypenny, but that's just me.
Great news. Don't be afraid to introduce Q and a few cool gadgets this time. And I think Emily Blunt would be the perfect Moneypenny, but that's just me.
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7:14PM on 01/11/2011
Yes! I was never a huge Bond fan until I saw Casino Royale so I'm glad to get Daniel Craig back.
Yes! I was never a huge Bond fan until I saw Casino Royale so I'm glad to get Daniel Craig back.
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6:40PM on 01/11/2011
Yes! I'm so happy! Casino Royale was a classic, and I even liked Quantum of Solace. I was so afraid that we had seen the last of Craig, but not anymore!
Yes! I'm so happy! Casino Royale was a classic, and I even liked Quantum of Solace. I was so afraid that we had seen the last of Craig, but not anymore!
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6:18PM on 01/11/2011
Whoopee a new Bond movie coming next year! It makes me wanna play Goldeneye right now!

P.S. Bring Q for the next movie and for a Bond girl how about...
Whoopee a new Bond movie coming next year! It makes me wanna play Goldeneye right now!

P.S. Bring Q for the next movie and for a Bond girl how about...
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6:17PM on 01/11/2011
Gr8 news! IMO Daniel Craig is one hip actor, w/ the cool film roles to back it up.
Gr8 news! IMO Daniel Craig is one hip actor, w/ the cool film roles to back it up.
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6:04PM on 01/11/2011

2012= End of the Year

It seems like every blockbuster that had came out in the last decade is getting a sequel next year. The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, Star Trek 2, The Avengers, Wolverine, and Bond all in one year? The world has to be ending.
It seems like every blockbuster that had came out in the last decade is getting a sequel next year. The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, Star Trek 2, The Avengers, Wolverine, and Bond all in one year? The world has to be ending.
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5:39PM on 01/11/2011

AT LAST!

This is great news, Craig definitely makes Bond interesting again
This is great news, Craig definitely makes Bond interesting again
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5:01PM on 01/11/2011

Thank God!

I was going threw withdrawls thinking about the bond series coming to a hault.
I hope the villian is great. To me that is one of the keys to make a great bond film. My idea for a villian is a Sean Bean type (one of the best bond villians)
I was going threw withdrawls thinking about the bond series coming to a hault.
I hope the villian is great. To me that is one of the keys to make a great bond film. My idea for a villian is a Sean Bean type (one of the best bond villians)
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4:33PM on 01/11/2011

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Sam Mendes is going to make one hell of a Bond film. Maybe even better than Casino Royale. Can't wait. I hope they get Christina Hendricks to be a bond girl. Or maybe bring in a MILF, like Demi Moore. Yeah.
Sam Mendes is going to make one hell of a Bond film. Maybe even better than Casino Royale. Can't wait. I hope they get Christina Hendricks to be a bond girl. Or maybe bring in a MILF, like Demi Moore. Yeah.
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4:28PM on 01/11/2011

Bring on Bond!

It's about damn time! 2012 is gonna be one hell of a year.
It's about damn time! 2012 is gonna be one hell of a year.
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4:10PM on 01/11/2011
I would like to see Mila Kunis recast as M and Get it on with Moneypenny played by Cheryl Cole.
I would like to see Mila Kunis recast as M and Get it on with Moneypenny played by Cheryl Cole.
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8:35PM on 01/11/2011
It proves what I know Canadians are boring and Americans have no sense of humour.I'm talking girl on girl action and I'm in the negatives?!?!?!
It proves what I know Canadians are boring and Americans have no sense of humour.I'm talking girl on girl action and I'm in the negatives?!?!?!
3:55PM on 01/11/2011

Fantastic!

I will now break out my martini-shaker in anticipation. Can't wait!
I will now break out my martini-shaker in anticipation. Can't wait!
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3:53PM on 01/11/2011

Awesome!!! Bout time!!

As for possible "Bond Girl" candidates: Monica Bellucci, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard!
As for possible "Bond Girl" candidates: Monica Bellucci, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard!
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3:46PM on 01/11/2011
Didnt Peter Morgan also worked on the script ?

Anyways, hopefully its more Casino Royale than Quantum of Solace, even though Im one of those who enjoyed it.
Didnt Peter Morgan also worked on the script ?

Anyways, hopefully its more Casino Royale than Quantum of Solace, even though Im one of those who enjoyed it.
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3:46PM on 01/11/2011
I actually missed Craig last year. So I'm glad he's got his work cut out for him.

As for the Bond news? Fuckin' A!
I actually missed Craig last year. So I'm glad he's got his work cut out for him.

As for the Bond news? Fuckin' A!
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3:43PM on 01/11/2011

YAY!

Now let just hope they can get back to what made Casino Royal good and away from what made Quantum of Solace sucky.
Now let just hope they can get back to what made Casino Royal good and away from what made Quantum of Solace sucky.
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3:38PM on 01/11/2011
Awesome news. It's been too long since Quantum of Solace.

Extra Tidbit = Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, or Olivia Wilde.
Awesome news. It's been too long since Quantum of Solace.

Extra Tidbit = Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, or Olivia Wilde.
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3:30PM on 01/11/2011
About damn time!
About damn time!
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3:28PM on 01/11/2011

Good News

Get on it! Definitely could use a new Bond film to be excited for.
Get on it! Definitely could use a new Bond film to be excited for.
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